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March 5, 2016 — The rebirth of the Cardinals

Today, the Louisville women’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 1 team in Ratings Percentage Index, Notre Dame, to remain undefeated in the competitive ACC.

Since the Cards’ program started in 2008, you had a feeling things came easy for them. Head coach Kellie Young attracted a number of players for the ramping up of the varsity programs, and had a hopeful debut season, going 12-4.

The program had a serious testing moment back in 2013, when Young and her coaching staff were accused of abusive coaching and bullying. The accusations took place in a media environment where bullying was a prime topic following leaked film of a basketball practice at Rutgers University.

But after a short investigation, Young and her coaching staff was cleared of wrongdoing, and she set out to redouble her efforts to improve the Louisville program.

The team has gotten an amazing performance this year from attacking midfielder Kaylin Morrisette. In the draw circle, she has been credited with 67 draw controls this season, a large portion of the team’s otherworldly 96-35 draws won/draws lost ratio.

But what’s also strange is that Morrisette is tied with two teammates — Cortnee Daley and Hannah Koloski — for the team lead in goals with 17. It is that usual double-edged sword of not having a dominant attacking player who another team can shut off, but not having the kind of player who you want with the ball with the game tied in the final 30 seconds of play.

This week, Louisville was not only able to beat Notre Dame, but also bested a good Northwestern side. The Cards will certainly be a team to watch in the ACC as they finish the regular season with consecutive game against North Carolina, Virginia, and Syracuse before competing in the ACC Tournament.

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